Column: “Creative Space” on Claycord – Creekside Arts Celebration

March 13, 2014 14:00 pm · 6 comments


The Creekside Artists Guild is celebrating the Clayton Community Library’s 19th birthday on March 21-23 with a weekend full of fun (and free!) creative activities and entertainment for the whole family.

This year, the theme for the celebration is “Mount Diablo…Rising from the Ashes.” Visitors can vote for their favorite works of art on display in a People’s Choice Award. Part of the celebration also includes a silent art auction to benefit the Clayton Community Library Foundation.

Below is a sampling of the indoor and outdoor events to enjoy each day throughout the library and adjoining areas. Click here to download a postcard reminder for the event.


Friday, March 21  –  6:00pm to 8:30pm  

  • Artist demonstrations – Seema Mahboob (oil) and Leslie Wilson (watercolor)
  • See Annie the Pony from Snowfire Ranch
  • Performance by La Di Da, an a cappella singing group
  • Presentation of juried awards to local artists

Saturday, March 22  –  10:00am to 6:00pm

  • Vendor booths with art, crafts, children’s books, info on local eco-groups and more
  • Artist demonstrations – Patsy Taylor (plein air) and Rana Miller-Owen (copper enameling)
  • Nature tour with wildlife biologist, Doc Hale
  • Downtown Clayton art-walk tour with artist, Jeffrey DeSalles
  • Face painting, storytelling and craft activities for the kids

Sunday, March 23  –  12:00pm to 5:00pm 

  • Vendor booths with art, crafts, children’s books, info on local eco-groups and more
  • Poetry workshop and readings with award-winning filmmaker, Taz Yamaguchi
  • Ukulele jam with Robert and Ehu Alidon (bring your ukulele!)
  • Japanese drumming performance by Diablo Taiko
  • Face painting, storytelling and craft activities for the kids

Photo credits: “Slopes Surrounding Mt. Diablo” by Seema Mahboob; Clayton Community Library by Lisa Fulmer


March 15
8:00 – 10:00pm
Mark Hummel & The Blues Survivors
Armando’s, Martinez

March 17
Lovefool – pop music
Dan’s Irish Sports Bar, Walnut Creek

March 21
RockSkool – rock music
Benefit for Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation
Vinnie’s Bar & Grill, Concord

March 21 – April 20
Les Misérables – musical
Contra Costa Musical Theater
Lesher Center, Walnut Creek

March 31 – April 4
9:00am – 2:00pm each day
Spring Break Art Camp  (kids ages 9-12)
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette

Save the dates!

Contra Costa County Guild of Quilters
Annual Show – April 5-6
Centre Concord

Public Art Walking Tour
April 19 and May 17
Walnut Creek

Spring Artists’ Market
May 2-4
Civic Park and Shadelands Auditorium, Walnut Creek

Spring Craft Fest
May 4
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek

Concord Art & Wine Walk
May 10
Todos Santos Plaza

Artistic DIY Craft Technique Classes
Thursday nights in May, 6-9pm
Mt. Diablo Adult School, Pleasant Hill

25th Annual KidFest
May 24-26

Creative Space is a weekly column written by Lisa Fulmer that features local art events and performances, inspiring interviews with creative movers and makers, DIY how-to projects for you and our home, plus fun craft ideas for the whole family. Creative Space will be on every Thursday at 2pm.

As an avid creative junkie living in Concord, Lisa wants to make it easier for our readers to find ways to embrace creativity and celebrate the local people who are making it happen. In addition to her work as a writer and a marketing consultant, Lisa is a mixed media artist and a project designer for the craft industry.

Visit her blog to see more of Lisa’s own creative space.

1 Silva March 13, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Awesome! Lisa, thank you.

2 Mimi (original) March 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Terrific! Lots to do in Claycord next weekend!

3 Niko March 13, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Last Minute- a 60s soul/r&b cover band will be playing on Sunday, the 23rd from 3-5pm at this event!

4 SPKer March 14, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on local creative happenings!

5 Silva March 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Well, I just can’t thank you enough. After attending the CAA meeting & watching the demonstration I know exactly how I’m finishing the forefront painting in my head. That’s a big thing for me! I’m also joining the CAA if they’ll take me. Please keep up your great work!

6 Lisa Fulmer March 14, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Thanks everyone – hope to see lots of you next weekend!

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